Josh King has opened up on his failed move to Manchester United, admitting a return to the club would have represented a ‘dream come true’.
The Bournemouth forward was subject of interest from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side during the January transfer window, though the two clubs would fail to agree terms over the transfer, Manchester United ultimately securing the deadline day signing of Shanghai Shenhua’s Odion Ighalo on loan
King would come through the academy ranks at Old Trafford after moving to English football as a teenager, though would make just two senior appearances for the side before joining Bournemouth in 2015, having previously spent two seasons at Blackburn Rovers.
The Norwegian international has now discussed his failed return to United last month, and whilst insisting he remains happy at the Vitality stadium, he admits a return to his former side would have been a ‘dream come true’.
“How close it was I have no complete answer to. I have to watch what I say,” King told Norwegian outlet, TV2.
“I had some faith that it was going to happen. And it was a bit sensitive for me considering that I moved to England as a 16-year-old to achieve my dream and wanted to reach that goal at Manchester United.
“It did not [happen] and then I made a choice and left. When you hear that you are connected to United and a bid comes in, then the feelings you had as a 16-year-old come back to you.
“But why it did not happen, I do not know. I’m a Bournemouth player and I really enjoy it here. But it would have been a dream come true, I will not lie.”